How to improve your computer’s performance at no cost

Written by Tech84 on November 21, 2013

Normally, when we say we’re going to improve our PC’s performance we would actually mean we are going to buy new upgrades to boost our computers performance. It would either be a new purchase of additional storage space, additional RAM, or to buy a new video card. But sometimes, when we need to improve our pc, factors like time and money forbids us to purchase new upgrades, it would always be wise to be able to improve your computer’s performance at no cost.

How to improve your computer’s performance at no cost

Clear up Disk Space
The most basic thing we can do here is to free up disk space. Over time, we accumulate lots and lots of files during our day to day PC use, and files, installers, programs can and will eat up a lot of disk space. We can do this by simply uninstalling unused programs, deleting old and unused files, and clearing temporary files including emptying the recycle bin.

Protect yourself from Viruses
If your PC is infected with either a virus, your computer’s performance will suffer greatly, since these programs (depending on the design) will eat up most of your RAM and processing power, it will result in a very (if not rendered useless) sluggish PC. One very important thing for any PC is to have good protection, there are many antivirus programs out there and some can cost you, but there are also free ones that offer the same protection from viruses. Bitdefender Free Antivirus for example, is a very light and easy to use solution that works in the background without using up a lot of your PC’s resources. It’s made by Bitdefender Antivirus which is one of today’s leading antivirus companies that cater to your PC’s protection needs.

Control what’s running in the background
Aside from uninstalling unused programs from your PC, you can also control the programs or applications running in the background. If you have a lot of these running simultaneously it can greatly affect your computer’s performance as these would eat up a lot of your PC’s memory. One thing you can do is to manage your start up programs, you can set to enable or disable the programs that automatically run when you start up your pc. Be careful though, you need to know what you disabling so you won’t accidentally turn off some essential startup programs and render some your PC functions useless.

Improve your file structure
Don’t be scared when you read this, this tip is not as complicated as you would imagine. What this means is that you should optimize your files and other folder structures. This is extremely helpful if you have multiple partitions of your disk drives. Normally we place system files and other essential programs in our system drive which is almost always Drive C, and we normally place movies, mps3’s, games and other files in the other drives such as Drive D and so on. One thing you can do to speed up access times to your frequently accessed files and programs is to save them in your system drive which is in Drive C. You will notice the improvement in the loading speed of your programs and other files and especially with game loading times when they are saved in your system drive. You can test this by trying to save a large file from lets say an external HD or USB flash drive. Files being saved or processed takes longer when being saved to the Drive D and it takes noticeably less time when saving to your system drive.

So there you have it, and if you have any question or any additional tips you might want to share feel free to leave a comment below.

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